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iLu M 0jl A S 1 z% I - S C Health , 3. 2oo4 - .. Robin All id golf juries the :, control is and lira. and order This nuch as do, but /i play. for Starting top for b r P achce the little their pre lit- With a or lob wedge. They (* gradually lengthen the swing until they are hitting full shots with that club before moving on to other clubs. So the routine one may observe at the practice tee of the Masters or Heritage Golf Tournaments is starting small and working up to the driver and then cooling down by hitting some short shots again either chipping or putting. Prior to the golf season it certainly helps if one!begins a daily routine of walking. Remember climbing up and down those hills on the golf course? Finding a hilly walking trail or maybe a few flight of stairs instead of using the elevator will give a head start to anyonel Start each sea- son with at least three golf lessons from the best coach you can azl"ol lpeoaumepoor ,: -:, techniqti can also cuse  injury from too steep an angle of attack or using muscles in the wrong sequence. We cannot see ourselves but another pair of eyes with teach- ing experience can help to make adjustments resulting in lower scores and more fun! May proclaimed Arthritis Awareness Month Over one in four adults in SC are ham- pered by arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the nation, SCDHEC reported. "Twenty-eight per- cent of adults in our state have arthritis and another 17% have chronic joint symptoms or possible arthritis," said Gwendolyn Prestidge, DHEC's Arthritis Program coordi- nator: "Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions take many forms includfng osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus." Prestidge said warn- ing signs and symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness, joint swelling, and difficulty moving a joint. "The pain and dis- ability that accompany arthritis can be reduced through early diagnosis and appropriate manage- ment," she said. "That includes self-management activities such as weight control and physical activ- ity." Prestidge said Governor Mark Sanford has proclaimed May as Arthritis Awareness Month. As part of the observance, DHEC is launching a campaign in Richland and Lexington counties, to stress the importance of physical activity and encourage people to be more active. "Swimming, walking, or riding a bicycle are moderate, low-impact activities that can reduce pain and improve the quality of life for people with arthritis," she said. "DHEC's Arthritis Prevention and Control Program, in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, will be telling people about the impor- tance of prevention, screening, and appropri- ate management of arthri- tis. We hope to increase participation in the Arthritis Foundation self- management programs." Prestidge said the Arthritis Self-Help course is designed to help people with arthritis develop the confidence and skills to manage their condition. DHEC's Appalachia I, Appalachia III, Edisto Savannah, Palmetto, Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Public Health Districts will of Ir the course along with the Arthritis Foundation of Hilton Head. Other Arthritis Foundation self-manage- ment programs include PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) and the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program. PACE is a land- based exercise program that uses gentle exercises to maintain strength while increasing joint flex- ibility and range of motion. PACE classes are available in Columbia, Hilton Head, Orangeburg and Rock Hill. The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is a water-exercise program that reduces joint stiffness and improves flexibility. It is available in many areas of the state. For more informa- tion about arthritis pro- grams visit our website at: hritis; or call the DHEC Care Line at 1-800-868- 0404; or email Local contact is Palmetto Public Health Department - Terry Green, (803) 576-2891 or Karol Rembert (803) 576- 2888. Drs. McEachern, Cannon, McClay, and Associates Clinic offers Optomap Retinal Exam We all want to pro- tect our eyesight, and that is why it is important to have annual vision tests. These checks allow your doctor to detect changes in the front of your eyes so that alterations can be made to y0ur eyeglass or contact lens perscription. Your doctor also needs to look at the back of your eye, the retina, to check that it is healthy and not damaged or show- ing signs of disease. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully with- out total loss of vision. These retinal prob- lems include macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes, or detach- ments, and systemic dis- ease such as diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. If left untreated these conditions can lead to serious health prob- lems, including partial loss of vision or blindness, and often develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced techology avail- able to our patients, the doctors at Dr.'s EyeCare and Contact Lens Clinic are proud to announce the inclusion of the Optomap retinal exam as an inte- gral part of our eye exami- nations. An Optomap exam provides an eye wellness scan, an indept view of the retinal layers (where diseases can start). The ability for you to view your optomat retinal image with your doctor during your exam, an annual permanent record for your medical file, which gives your doctor comparisions for tracking and diagnosing potential eye disease. The Optomap exam is fast, easy, and comfort- able and is available with- out dilation. We are offer- ing screenings to all our patients because we believe this new technolo- gy provides us and our patients with an exciting new aspect to vision care and may even help us to detect some retinal dis- eases before they become symptomatic. " Don't Quit or start playing Golf until you have taken lessons from PGA member, Robin All. Call 803-238-1655 for an appointment. Reduce arth.ids pain? It's not such a big stretch. Irance and Small 4 Ave. EYECARE .Com DRS. MCEACHEP00 CANNON, MCCLAY WE KNOW CONTACT LENSES. .m i i DIAGNOSIS & TRUTMENT OF EYE DISEASE NORTHEAST 741.2020 7M Peril lid. ' Paklle Crabs. hHe lU Saturday & Evening Appointments Available i Medicare/Medicaid Many Insurance Plans Accepted DOWNTOMi/VlSTA 779.1001 mk100,00B Studies show that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity tlwee or more days a week can reduce arthritis pare and help you move more easily. So take a walk. Go dancing. Ride a bike. (;o for a swim. Make it fun by inviting fl-iends or family to join you. If 30 minutes is too much, try 10 {)r 15 minutes at a time, Stick witi it, and in four to six weeks you could be hurting less and feeling m)re energetic. Physical Activity. The Arthritis Pain Reliever. Call 1-8(X)-868-0404 m Imm morn. ,/t Ml.,.(,! IRIIM Illl (:Nlt. Itl{ I}D, IAM ()INIROI AND PRIVINIION " Till ARIIIRt'IIS t:()|!,RtIAII()IR "|'IH I)I;PRIMI'4 1 |1..1 It R: ||UM',N .%IVB i, %.(7. I)[[',IllMI!NI )1 ||a, 111 ANI |NVlRONMf;NTAL CONI'ROt